Snuggling Is a Competitive Sport and More Things No One Told Giuliana & Bill About Having a Baby

Find out what surprised the reality stars when little Duke came into their lives.

There are so many things no one tells you before you have a baby -- the sleep deprivation, the new depths of love, the astounding number of dirty diapers you'll change in a day. And it was no different for Bill and Giuliana Rancic. Becoming parents to their sweet little Edward Duke was an experience jam-packed with love -- and some serious surprises. Here's what no one told them about having a baby.

1. Snuggling Can Be a Competitive Sport
As any new parent can tell you, while you'll rarely find yourself racing to the crib for the 3a.m. feeding or fighting over who gets to change the code orange poop explosion, things can get a little competitive between Mom and Dad when it comes to those crazy delicious morning snuggles. "I knew Bill would be a great dad and very nurturing," Giuliana says. "But I had no idea he'd be a bona fide baby hog! In the morning, we both race to see Duke when when we hear him wake up. And Bill actually uses his body to block me from the baby. He'll say, 'Hi, Duke!' I'll walk to the right and then he'll walk to the right. So I'll walk to the left and try to peek over Bill's shoulder and wave to Duke! But that is a good thing. You want a husband who loves being with the baby."

2. You Need to Get in the Picture.
There's a division of labor in every marriage -- one person makes the coffee in the morning while the other knows how to work the overly-complicated remote control. And as parents, sometimes there's an imbalance in the photo duty department. "It would always be Bill in the picture and me taking it," says Giuliana. "I would tweet these photos and after ten of them, people started writing back, 'Why are you never in the pictures?' And I realized, Oh my gosh! They're right! I would always be taking the photos and never have one with me and the baby!"  

3. It's Incredible to See Your Partner as a Parent. 
Even when you know practically everything there is to know about your partner, seeing the transformation as you both become parents can be a little bit awe-inspiring. Watching Giuliana become a mom has been remarkable, says Bill. "I love watching them together. For me, it's fun to watch because of the journey Giuliana had gone down to have our little baby. It was not an easy road. He's such a symbol of the journey and the hardship and the joy that he brings. It's just magical to see."

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